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Difference between rectal cancer and colon cancer

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Difference between rectal cancer and colon cancer

  2. 2. Both colon and rectal cancer affect the large intestine, which is the lowest part of the digestive system. But they start in different places within it. www.surgicalgastro.com
  3. 3. Colon cancer? Colon cancer can start anywhere in the  colon, which is about 5 feet long and absorbs water from stool. www.surgicalgastro.com
  4. 4. The rectum is in a more crowded neighborhood. Your  bladder  is nearby. So are the uterus and vagina for women, or the prostate for men. The tight space may affect the kinds of surgeries that doctors can do to remove tumors Rectal cancer Rectal cancer starts in the rectum, which is the last 12 centimeters (nearly 5 inches) of the colon. It’s where the body stores stools until you have a bowel movement. www.surgicalgastro.com
  5. 5. The greatest difference lies is the anatomy of the body and gastrointestinal tract. While the colon and rectum are both part of the large intestine, the colon is approximately five feet long and the rectum is the last five to six inches of the colon that connects to the anus. There is a trend over the last few decades of slightly decreasing incidence in colon cancer in older individuals. What is the difference between colon and rectal cancers? www.surgicalgastro.com
  6. 6. HOW DO YOU DIAGNOSE COLON VERSUS RECTAL CANCER ? While many people may be familiar with colonoscopy as a common form of screening for colon and rectal cancers, there are also non- invasive options for screening, including a stool DNA test, and CT colonography. www.surgicalgastro.com
  7. 7. Is one cancer more serious (or aggressive) than the other ? Overall, the rectum is much shorter than the colon and in a tighter spot in the body, making it potentially easier for the cancer to spread to surrounding tissue. In general, rectal cancer can be more difficult to treat. www.surgicalgastro.com
  8. 8. Are treatments for colon cancer and rectal cancer the same? ? Depending on the diagnosis and progression (“stage”) of the disease, surgery and/or chemotherapy may be options to treat both colon and rectal cancers. One difference is radiation therapy, which is not commonly used to treat colon cancer; however, radiation may be used to treat rectal cancer. www.surgicalgastro.com
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